• Frequently Asked Questions
  • What should I bring to my first appointment?

    It is important to bring  the following:

    • A list of all medications you are currently taking from all doctors, as well as any over the counter medications, vitamins and supplements
    • A list of other doctors you see regularly
    • Recent blood test results
  • Do you participate with insurance plans?

    We participate in Medicare, United Health (Optum), Oxford.

    For your convenience, we also work with other PPO insurance plans with out-of-network benefits, namely Aetna and Cigna. While our practice is not directly affiliated to other insurance panels, you will be able to utilize any available out-of-network benefits, FLEX spending accounts and health reimbursement plans (HRA). Our office can submits claims for out-of-network insurance reimbursement on your behalf. Where this is not possible, we will provide you with a service receipt stating the full information required. We are always available to assist you with any necessary paperwork.

  • What payment options do you accept?

    We are proud to maintain affordable and moderate rates for our psychiatric practice, according to New York City standards. We accept fees paid in cash or check. Payment is expected at the time of service.

  • What is your cancellation policy?

     

    Due to the personalized nature of our work and the limited slots available, our office practices a strict 24-hour cancellation policy. If you foresee any problems with keeping your appointment, we appreciate if you make a cancellation at least 24 hours in advance. For appointments scheduled for Monday, please inform us of any cancellations by Friday 6 p.m. Unfortunately, we do have to charge full fees for missed appointments and rescheduling or cancellations made on short notice.

  • What are your qualifications?

    Dr. Alla Iospa is an experienced practitioner with a wealth of experience under her belt. She holds dual board certification in Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr Iospa completed her residency training and fellowship in Maimonides Medical Center and NYU Medical Center, both established institutions.

  • What are some of the conditions you treat?

    Dr. Iospa has close to a decade of practical experience in diagnosing and treating various mental and emotional illnesses. She specializes in dealing with chemical imbalances that can occur in the brain and that result in significant impact on emotional well-being and functioning.

    Among the many conditions she treats are:

    Anxiety, DepressionPanic Attacks,  Mood Disorders, Insomnia, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Chemo Brain, Perimenopausal issues in women, DementiaAdult ADD /ADHDPostoperative Cognitive Impairment, and many others

  • What is the course of treatment that I can expect?

     

    Firstly, an initial comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment is conducted by Dr. Iospa. This lets her get a better understanding of your psychiatric needs and how best to help you. Dr. Iospa will then advise you on the method(s) that she will be using, and any choices you might have in tailoring your treatment to suit your needs. You will also be advised on the length of treatment to expect. At this point, you should feel free to raise any concerns or state any requirements. The consultation is a two-way conversation between doctor and patient, and you will be treated with all due respect throughout the discussion of what treatment avenues would best suit you.

    You will be given a run-down of options for different therapies and counseling. Each recommendation is thoroughly explained, especially when it comes to medication if deemed necessary. At every stage during your treatment, you will be in close and constant communication with your doctor.

  • How long can I expect my appointment to last?

    Dr. Iospa reserves 1 full hour for your initial consultation. Follow-up appointments are kept at close to 20 mins.

  • Once I start taking psychiatric medication, do I have to take them forever?

    Psychiatric treatment is highly subjective and should always be monitored by a trained health professional. Patients who are given a first prescription are often worried about starting on medication to control their psychiatric condition. However, the common assumption that “once you start psychiatric medication, it’s forever” is untrue. Your case will be reviewed on a regular basis by Dr. Iospa, and treatment can be altered according to your feedback or improvements.

    Dr. Iospa spends a large part of each session on discussing any medication options with you. You will hear about the benefits and risks of each option, and gain a good understanding in order to make an informed choice.

  • What if I become addicted? Will I be worse if I decide to stop the medications?

    Medication is always subjective to individual situations and requirements. Dr. Iospa provides an ongoing assessment of necessity, doses and effects of the medications prescribed.

    If and when you have made the decision to start taking medication for your condition, it would have been an informed decision with the backing of Dr. Iospa.

    You must remember that any prescription is what is deemed the best solution for that particular moment in time. Just because you have begun medication does not mean that you will need to take the medication over the span of your lifetime – medication is not meant to be a long-term, life-long solution, but rather a tool for your moving forward in a productive way.

    You should only start or stop taking medications under the professional guidance and supervision of a medical provider. This is to prevent any adverse events and to allow for close monitoring of symptom recurrences.

  • Can I see Dr. Iospa for medication management and continue seeing my current therapist for psychotherapy?

    Yes, you can. If you are already currently engaged in productive psychotherapy, you can certainly continue with that. If you are considering the idea of supplementing your treatment with psychiatric medications or wish to learn more about that option, you are welcome to make an appointment to meet Dr. Iospa to discuss this. Ideally, Dr. Iospa can then complement the treatment you are undergoing with your current therapist.

    Sometimes clients come for a medication consultation and end up deciding that medications are not for them at this particular time in their lives. This is fine. A successful consult is one that ends with you being more informed about your available options.

  • What if I feel that we don’t have the same objectives?

    Chemistry between the patient and psychiatrist is very important. Sometimes the feeling of not liking the doctor can be an expression of the problem being treated. It can be part of the therapeutic process to work through the discomfort.

    However, there are also instances when you might find you truly do not “click” with your doctor. In this case, feel free to raise this point at any time and another doctor might be indicated. Dr. Iospa can often help in identifying some excellent choices.

  • How do you handle emergencies?

    Dr. Iospa receives all messages left on her voice mail and will return your call as soon as she becomes available, usually within 24 hours. During her scheduled vacation, her practice is covered by board certified psychiatrists who are highly regarded in the NYULMC community

  • What should I tell my friends and family about my treatment?

    It is your free choice whether or not to share this information. Often, it helps patients to have close friends and family members who can be supportive as you go through your treatment.

  • What is a Clinical Neuropsychologist?

    A clinical neuropsychologist is a psychologist with training in applied brain-behavior relationships. Clinical Neuropsychologists are able to assess diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients who have neurological, medical, developmental, or psychiatric conditions.

  • What is assessed in a neuropsychological evaluation?

    It is a comprehensive evaluation performed by a neuropsychologist, which will include a full intelligence battery as well as measures of verbal and visual memory, executive functioning, academic abilities, a continuous performance and attention battery and a personality assessment.

  • What will my neuropsychological assessment tell me?

    The aim of neuropsych testing is to reveal the cognitive strengths and weaknesses of a person. For people with learning disabilities, the overall level of intelligence is determined and the subtests within this battery help reveal the strengths and weaknesses in the person’s cognitive processes. This helps to explain the learning disability and opens avenues for possible treatment or therapy.

    With other mild brain problems, different patterns emerge. This can tell the neuropsychologist what kind of disorder the person has. More importantly, the testing can identify the strengths and weaknesses in a person so that guidance for career, remediation or treatment can be made with some degree of precision.

    We also conduct evaluations for Extra Time for High-Stakes Testing. High-stakes tests are required for acceptance into graduate level schools and universities and include the LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT, USMLE, and others. If you have a learning disability, you may need extra time to complete these exams in order to achieve a score that is accurately reflective of your abilities.

  • Is Neuropsychological testing covered by insurance?

    Sometimes you will be covered by health insurance for the cost of neuropsychological testing, cognitive rehabilitation treatment and psychotherapy. However, you should seek advice from your health plan regarding the reimbursement of the cost of neuropsychological testing, psychotherapy and cognitive rehabilitation therapy.

  • Is neuropsychological testing able to provide adequate proof to gain extra time on high-stakes tests? Do I need past documentation of learning disabilities?

     

    The results of a neuropsychological test will form the main component of an application to gain extra time on high-stakes tests. However, historical documentation, especially from younger ages, is also important. Be advised that there is no guarantee of the test results. When enough testing is done to determine the possibility of attaining accommodations, you will be informed and are free to decide whether you want to continue and complete the writing of the report.

  • What is Cognitive Remediation Therapy?

    Cognitive remediation is a type of behavioral treatment that focuses on improving cognitive skills such as attention, problem solving, organization, and memory skills. Taken together, these skills play important roles in our every day living. A deficit or a decline in any one of those areas can interfere with day-to-day obligations related to work, school, and independent living. Using adaptive strategies, cognitive remediation can strengthen and stabilize these different abilities.

  • Who Needs Cognitive Remediation?

    Individuals suffering from Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Chemo Brain and other psychiatric and neurological conditions often report struggles with cognitive problems in addition to emotional problems. If you’re noticing any difficulties with remembering details or paying attention or problem solving, cognitive remediation may be an effective supplement to your current therapy.

  • How Does It Work?

    A brief assessment will be conducted to identify your goals and to determine the extent of your difficulties in specific areas of cognition. From there, a personalized treatment plan will be recommended to target specific cognitive areas. The aim in cognitive remediation is to strengthen and stabilize cognitive problems. You’re actually changing your brain during remediation—this is often referred to neuroplasticity or your brain’s ability to adapt and compensate for any deficits by engaging in learning activities. Treatment will include a review of interventions and strategies, in-session practice, and monitoring of progress towards your goals